Thanks for the responses so far......
Thanks all for chiming in and giving me more to think about. It's funny, but when I first tested out the Goldwing I kinda chuckled at the dealer when he mentioned the DCT...... heck no, I'm a Harley rider, I don't want no stinkin' automatic. Well, after researching and talking to folks like y'all, I'm seriously considering that route (in fact, 'heavily leaning that way' would be an understatement).
A little bit more about myself.... I'm a motorcycle cop, so even if I buy one, I'll still be riding a road king for work (and I do take it home). That is part of my concern with going back and forth between an automatic and the Harley. The good thing for me is I only owe about 8k on the Harley, so selling wouldn't hurt as bad as it would if I owed thousands more.
I was completely against the 'airbag' model, and just couldn't see the logic with it, but after watching a few crash tests with it, it doesn't seem quite as insane of an idea. Interested to get any thoughts on that.
Decisions, decisions...... I've always belonged to forums (Harley, cars etc) and knew this would be a good place to learn.....you haven't disappointed, and I appreciate it.